Advanced standing is the award of credits by an institution in recognition of prior learning achievements at an appropriate level.
Appointed Assessment Agency
An agency appointed by the Secretary for Education under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap. 592) to conduct assessment of skills, knowledge or experience of an individual and to grant qualifications recognised under the Qualifications Framework(currently only on Recognition of Prior Learning) upon successful completion of the assessment.
Areas of Study and Training
A new and broader classification of 14 Areas of Study and Training for the QR was endorsed by the Liaison Committee on Quality Assurance (LCQA) in June 2015. Qualifications and the respective learning programmes in the QR are grouped under this new classification system to facilitate searches. For the "14 Areas of Study and Training", please click here.
Sub-area (Area of Study and Training)
HKCAAVQ defined a list of sub-areas under the new classification of 14 Areas of Study and Training for use with the scope of programme area in Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) exercises (PAA is the third stage of the Four-stage Quality Assurance Process) in September 2015. Sub-area is also used for categorisation of accredited learning programmes listed in the QR. For the list of “Sub-areas”, please click here.
Award Titles Scheme
The Award Titles Scheme aims to standardise the use of award titles under the Qualifications Framework (QF), which reflects the nature, area of study and hierarchy of the qualification. For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes
HKCAAVQ was appointed by the Insurance Authority as the sole assessment Authority for its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes. Under the Insurance Intermediaries Quality Assurance Scheme (IIQAS-CPD), a mechanism has been put in place to recognise Insurance Learning Programmes and Insurance-Related Learning Programmes accredited under the Qualifications Framework (QF) as qualified CPD activities. The mechanism aims to encourage insurance practitioners to fulfill the CPD requirements by studying QF-Accredited Learning Programmes.
QF accredited learning programmes categorised under the Insurance industry on the QR will be directly recognised as qualified CPD activities under the CPD Programme of the IIQAS. For details of the vetting of QF-Accredited Insurance related learning programmes, please refer to the HKCAAVQ website: http://www.hkcaavq.edu.hk/en/services/assessment/cpd-id-programmes.
Credit Accumulation and Transfer
A process to facilitate recognition and validation of units of learning and allows learners to move from one programme to another without having to duplicate learning. For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Credit Accumulation and Transfer (Institutional)
The Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) arrangements are in place at an institutional level that apply across a cognate group of learning programmes offered by the institution.
Credit Accumulation and Transfer (Programme)
The Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) arrangements are in place at the programme level for specific learning programme(s). These programme specific CAT arrangements should be underpinned by CAT arrangements at the institutional level. A list of sending qualification and the corredsponding credit transfer arrangement would be available for CAT(P) type of learning programmes.
Credit Accumulation and Transfer (Recognition of Prior Learning Qualifications)
The CAT arrangements are in place at the programme level for specific learning programme(s). These programme specific CAT arrangements are based on the qualifications obtained by the learners through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism under the Qualifications Framework (QF) and should be underpinned by CAT arrangements at the institutional level.
A process whereby qualifications, part qualifications and learning experience are given appropriate recognition (credit) to enable learners to progress in their studies without unnecessarily having to repeat material or levels of study, to transfer from one course to another, and to gain further educational experience and qualifications without undue loss of time.
Credit Transfer Arrangement
It includes information about the sending qualifications and institutions, the maximum percentage of and the types of courses eligible for credit transfer for both CAT(P) and CAT (RPL) types of receiving programmes.
The policy bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government responsible for the establishment of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework. For details, please visit the Education Bureau website at www.edb.gov.hk.
General CAT Information
It includes general description of CAT policy of the institution and / or the qualification / associated learning programme.
Credit transfer may be granted to students in recognition of previous studies completed elsewhere at an appropriate level as recognised by the University. The number of transfer credits to be granted will be determined by the major department following a review of past academic records and the level of equivalence to courses concerned.
Transfer credits granted will not be included in the calculation of grade point averages, but the courses approved for credit transfer will be reflected on students’ transcripts.
A granting body is the person, school, institution, organisation or other body which grants the qualification. A granting body can be the operator delivering the learning programme leading to the qualification, or the appointed assessment agency assessing the skills, knowledge and/or experience acquired by an individual.
Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)
HKCAAVQ is entrusted with the role to implement a quality assurance system to underpin the Qualifications Framework and to develop and administer the Qualifications Register. For details, please visit the HKCAAVQ website at www.hkcaavq.edu.hk.
Industry and Branch
The grouping of industry in the Qualifications Register has made reference to the various Industry Training Advisory Committees (ITACs) established by the Education Bureau under the Qualifications Framework (QF). Branch refers to the major divisional functional area(s) within an industry. For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Keywords facilitate searches of information from the Qualifications Register (QR). The QR system may match learning programme / qualification title, name of operator / granting body, area of study / training, industry and /or branch, and mode of delivery with the QR records. Users may locate information of a particular learning programme / qualification using one or more keywords associated with the programme / qualification.
The ceiling of transfer in percentage of total credits of the receiving programme that is recognised for credit transfer from the sending qualifications / institutions.
Mode of Delivery
A learning programme is a programme of studies or training defined by a curriculum and operated by an education / training operator which will lead to a qualification upon successful completion of the learning programme.
Non-local qualification refers to a qualification granted in Hong Kong by an operator from another country or region that operates in Hong Kong. The learning programme of the qualification is registered (or exempted from registration) under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap. 493). Only those which have been accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications can be registered in the Qualifications Register.
An operator is a person, school, institution, organisation or other body which provides and operates a learning programme.
QR Infographics provides a real-time and quick overview of the nature of the current qualifications on QR in terms of their Quality Assurance (QA) Status, QF Level, Area of Study and Training, and Types of Credit Accumulation and Transfer.
A qualification in the Qualifications Register is granted by an education / training operator upon completion of a learning programme. A qualification may also be granted by an appointed assessment agency after successful assessment of the skills, knowledge or experience acquired by an individual in a particular industry.
The Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (QF) is a seven-level hierarchy covering qualifications in the academic, vocational and continuing education sectors. Qualifications recognised under the QF are quality assured and level-rated in accordance with objective and well-defined standards. The QF provides a transparent and accessible platform to promote lifelong learning with a view to enhancing the competitiveness of the workforce in Hong Kong. For further details, please visit the QF website atwww.hkqf.gov.hk
Qualifications Framework Credit
Qualifications Framework (QF) credit is a measurement of the size or volume of learning in a learning programme or a qualification recognised under the QF. One QF credit consists of 10 notional learning hours.
For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Qualifications Framework Level
Qualifications recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF) are ordered by levels in accordance with the outcome-based Generic Level Descriptors which describe the common features of qualifications at the same level. The QF level reflects the complexity of learning in a qualification.
For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Qualifications Register (QR) is a register established by the Secretary for Education under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap. 592) for entering qualifications recognised under the Qualifications Framework. The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) has been specified in the Ordinance as the authority for developing and administering the QR.
QR Registration Number
A QR Registration Number consists of three groups of numbers:
An institution that makes the decisions about credits achieved from a qualification to be recognised for transfer to a receiving programme. A receiving institution operates the receiving programme that recognises the credit transfer.
A learning programme into which the learner’s credits earned from a qualification (including both learning programme and RPL qualification) are recognised for transfer. A receiving programme is operated by the receiving institution that makes decisions about accepting credit transfer from a sending qualification to the receiving programme.
Recognition of Prior Learning Mechanism
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism under the Qualifications Framework (QF) enables experienced practitioners of various backgrounds to receive formal recognition of the knowledge, skills or experience already acquired at the workplace. For details, please visit the QF website atwww.hkqf.gov.hk.
The three types of Registration Status are 1) Current, 2) Prospective and 3) Expired. The definition for each status type is :
|Current:||The Registration Validity Period (RVP) of the qualification is valid for learners to commence his/her study of the learning programme for that qualification.|
|Prospective:||The RVP of the qualification in the QR is in the future and ha s not yet started for learners to commence his/her study of the learning programme for that qualification.|
|Expired:||The RVP of the qualification in the QR has come to an end and the registration status has not been renewed.|
|Important Note:||If a learner commences his / her study of a learning programme for a qualification on the QR on a date that the Registration Status is “Expired”, the qualification so acquired will NOT be recognised under the Qualifications Framework.|
The three types of Registration Status are illustrated in the diagram below:
Registration Validity Period
Registration Validity Period (RVP) is the period a qualification is registered in the Qualifications Register. Learners should commence the study of the learning programme for a qualification listed on the QR during its RVP such that the qualification so acquired will be recognised under the Qualifications Framework.
Under Schedule 2 of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap. 592), self-accrediting operator in Hong Kong are:
An operator (for learning programmes) or an appointed assessment agency (for RPL qualifications) whose learning units or RPL qualifications seek to be recognised for credit transfer or for articulation to a receiving learning programme.
A qualification from which the learner’s credits are recognised for transfer by the receiving programme. A sending qualification can be a learning programme from an institution or a RPL qualification from an appointed assessment agency.
Shelf-life of Credit
Validity period on credits previously attained that is recognised for transfer.
Specific CAT Information
It includes specific CAT information of the learning programme / qualification.
Holders of the Certificate in Property and Facility Management are eligible to apply for credit transfer for admission to Professional Diploma in Property and Facility Management.
Specification of Competency Standard (SCS)-based programme
Specification of Competency Standard (SCS)-based programmes are designed in accordance with the SCS which sets out the skills, knowledge and competency standards required of the practitioners to perform various job functions in specific industries effectively. For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Specification of Generic (Foundation) Competencies (SGC)-Based Programmes
SGC-Based Programmes are courses designed by providers using the SGC, which covers four strands of foundation skills, namely English, Chinese, Numeracy and Information Technology. The learning content of these courses are primarily based on the SGC, while the learning outcomes match with the performance requirements and outcome standards as set out in the SGC. For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.
Types of Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT)
There are three types of CAT, namely CAT (Institutional) [CAT(I)], CAT (Programme) [CAT(P)] and CAT (Recognition of Prior Learning Qualifications) [CAT(RPL)].
Vocational Qualifications Pathway Programme
Vocational Qualifications Pathway (VQP) Porgrammes are developed under the VQP of respective industry which specifies the competency (as defined by "units of competency" in Specification of Competency Standards) and other relevant requirements of principal job positions as well as the progression pathways in learning and employment. For details, please visit the QF website at www.hkqf.gov.hk.